Queen of the South: Why was Guero killed off? Star Ryan O’Nan shares view on death twist

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Queen of the South will be back for season five next month, premiering on Wednesday, April 7, via USA Network. Teresa Mendoza (played by Alice Braga) will return with James Valdez (Peter Gadiot) by her side after he made a surprising comeback at the end of series four. Unfortunately, one character who won’t be in the final ever season is Guero Davilas (Jon Michael-Ecker).

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Queen of the South.

Guero was the reason why Teresa got involved in the Vargas Cartel in the first place as he worked for Don Epifanio (Joaquim del Almeida) so when he double-crossed him, she needed to run for her life.

Teresa believed he was dead but he was actually still alive and working alongside the CIA but returning in series two.

His story didn’t have a happy ending though as, after he had been captured and tortured by Camila Vargas (Veronica Falcon) for several months in series three, Teresa helped him escape but was shot and killed as they made off in the getaway car.

This was a heartbreaking moment for Teresa but actor Ryan O’Nan who plays King George says his death was necessary.

Why was Guero killed off? 

O’Nan took to Instagram after fans questioned him on some plot lines from the previous Queen of the South series.

One follower asked why did Guero have to do in series three and the actor gave an in-depth answer explaining how his demise was part of Teresa’s ‘metamorphosis.

He said: “Basically all of the major deaths that Teresa experiences throughout the series, whether it be Guero or Brenda, Tony…her trajectory in the series is very much like her going from nothing at the very beginning, to the queen.

“And that’s the question of the series, as Teresa makes her way towards the queen we see in these flashforwards at the beginning of each season, like how is she going to get there?

“In order for her to get there, she is going to have to trade little pieces of soul to get closer [to that goal] but will she still be Teresa when she gets there or will she have traded all of her soul away?

“So, the good person that Teresa is, to get her further along in her journey, to be that kind of person we see in the future which is very different from the first Teresa we see, she has to lose these things along the way and lose a certain amount of her innocence and heart and the soul that we know of her.”

O’Nan continued: “Guero in some ways, I think, is very much a transition piece for her, because he is very much who she used to be.

“He comes back into her life and is like ‘I want us to leave, I want us to go somewhere, I want you to essentially kind of be the person I knew back then’.

“But he isn’t with Teresa through everything she experiences in season one so she’s not really the same person that he knew when he comes back into her life.

“And she’s on this trajectory and in some ways, she has to kind of leave that relationship behind in order to go through this metamorphosis into being the person she is going to become.”

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The King George actor also thinks that James is the person the queenpin is meant to be with, not Guero.

O’Nan adds: “In a lot of ways, the character of James sees her for who she is.

“They come up together, he really sees the potential that she has but he also doesn’t want to lose that part of her he knows that not only she wants to hold on to but that she needs to hold on to if her heart is going to survive, her soul is going to survive.

“So James is very much part of her future and Guero is a little bit more apart of her past. “

Earlier this month, USA Network revealed there would be no more seasons following season five.

Queen of the South has been cancelled with just one more series left before the story is wrapped up for good.

The intense series will be made up of 10 episodes which will kick off in just a few weeks time.

But will the flashforwards come true, with Teresa being murdered just as she reaches the height of her success?

Queen of the South is available to watch on USA Network and Netflix.

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